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Alice in Underland

March 14th, 2010 (02:33 pm)

current location: Wonderland
current mood: ecstatic
current song: Very Merry Unbirthday - Disney's Mad Hatter

((Very few spoilers and the only two really big ones are well marked.))

Okay, I just saw Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" today, about thirty minutes ago, and I have to say; I loved it. I'm kind of surprised I did, too, because I've always been a fan of the books, since I was just a little kid, and I thought Burton was going to ruin "Through the Looking Glass." True, the movie was a lot different, but I really liked it in the end. The 3D was a rather nice touch and the graphics looked great. I'm really excited for the DVD to come out so I can see how they made everyone look so different, like the Knave, and how they worked around most of the cast being part CGIed or even full CGI. I don't think I've ever seen a movie use animation in quite this way or to this extent. It was wonderful and really fit the Wonderland image. I mean, they went out of there way to do it, like making Hatter's eyes just a big bigger than natural. All that effort for such a small thing? That's dedication.

Okay, now the show was rather adult, in my mind. A moat of heads, stabbing out people's eyes, a fiery massacre . That was pretty 'whoa' and I don't know if I'd take really young kids to see it, but it wasn't the worst thing I've ever scene. I do think the story was a bit too serious for the ending to be so silly, but I loved it anyway.

(MAJOR SPOILER) I did hate that Alice went back home, too. You'd have had to put me in chains and drag me, kicking and screaming, to get me to go back there and leave Wonder-Under-land. Or to leave the Hatter. That guy was awesome and Alice was a "stupid girl," as the Caterpiller rightfully called her. (Major Spoiler ended)

I want to keep this kind of short, so I'm not going to go into a lot of detail on the rest of the story, but I did want to talk about the characters. Per usual, Hatter was my favorite. I'm not a huge Johnny Depp fan (don't hate him, I'm just note drooling in love with him) but I really liked him here. Hatter is always my favorite character, but this version was just great. So tragically cute and broken. I loved his eye-color changes and how he'd start rambling on and people would have to stop him. And his changing voice, accent, and all that. It was great. He was my favorite part of the show and I really wanted him to show up in the real-world, with Alice, like he did in the new TV series "Alice." (Spoiler) But alas, no such luck. (Spoiler)

The White Queen actually cracked me up. I loved the way she moved, by how it was really just an act for her people. It was nice. I liked the Red Queen too, but not as a favorite, which is surprising as I always love the villains. I did feel sorry for her, as usual, and found her very funny. I loved that Bonham Carter used her "Bellatrix" accent for this, what with the lisp and the 'w' for 'r's' and all that. Made me love her even more. Alice was also really great. I wasn't sure about her at first, but by the end she really had my heart. She was pretty, fierce, and a good actress. A very nice choice, especially for a nobody actor.

All in all, I loved it and give it 5 stars, which is very rare for me. I'm sure there are things I didn't like about this show, but I'm still on too much of a high from it to really say what. Maybe I'll get back to it later.

Nic Coay [userpic]

Writer's Block: Categorically speaking ...

March 13th, 2010 (12:05 pm)
current location: Gallifrey
current song: Krafty - New Order

If the interior discussion in your head were indexed by category, what would the five most recurring subjects be?

Doctor Who
Call of Duty
Doctor Who

... Have I said Doctor Who

Nic Coay [userpic]

Writer's Block: A rose by any other name ...

January 28th, 2010 (04:41 pm)

current mood: relaxed

How did you choose your LiveJournal username? Is there an interesting story behind it?

No interesting story for my username, as it's just my name Nic Coay. There's an interesting for my name itself, though. Originally, I had a really horrible last name. I'm not gonna say what it was, but trust me, it was bad. Easily made fun of and sounded stupid. As a result, I decided to change my name when I turned 18. Unfortunately, my grandfather died a couple months before my brithday. Out of respect, I just took my middle name, Coay (which was his first name). As a result, I'm not just Nicolas Coay, with no middle name.

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The Doctor's Top 10 Companions

January 26th, 2010 (05:55 pm)

current mood: accomplished
current song: "We Used to be Friends" - Dandy Warhols

Well, I decided I should finally make my first journal entry and I figured there was no better way to do that than start with the best of the best; Doctor Who. I thought it might be fun to rethink my Companion list, so that's what I decided to start with. I'm basically a pure TradWho fan, so you won't see any NuWho companions on this list, sorry. Anyway, here goes.

My Companion List

1. Jo Grant
- An odd favorite, I know, but I just love her. She wasn't The Doctor's most intelligent or skilled companion, but she made up for this in quick-thinking and determination. In fact, I think her limited skills actually made her a more interesting companion, because she was able to do so much without being a mathematical genius or bioengineer. She was a strong and capable character, able to help the Doctor just as much as he helped her. She could handle quite a lot, including the introduction of The Master. She was also a fun character. Her dialogue with The Doctor was humorous and often touching and their relationship was really compelling. When she left was a terribly sad scene. Besides, what makes a better companion than an escapologists who can pick locks?

2. Romana
- This one should probably come as no surprise to anyone. Who doesn't put her on their lists? As if one Romana wasn't good enough, we get two really great ones. I preferred Romana II the most, but the first was still a wonderful character. Romana was probably The Doctor's most intelligent companion (ignoring K-9) and certainly the one he got closest too (Rose Tyler had nothing on Romana.) Her relationship with the Fourth Doctor was wonderful. It was full of humor and more than a few touching moments, but she was also his only companion to be truly 'on his level.' Hell, she may have even been a bit smarter. She could hold her own against The Doctor and the way they played off each other was the best. Not to mention, it's always good to have someone around who can also pilot the TARDIS.
[b]Quote:[/b] "You were the noblest Romana of them all." (Fourth Doctor)

3. Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart
- Okay, he doesn't 'technically' count as a companion, I know that. But The Brigadier was such an amazing character and one of my all-time favorites, so I just had to add him. After all, he's the only person to meet every Doctor except for Nine (of course, he was playing a different character when he met The First, but whatever.) He's the longest lasting character besides the Time Lords and yet I never get tired of him. His relationship with The Doctor is hilarious. The whole love/hate thing always cracks me up. I liked The Brig most when he was working with Three. This 'companion' could really kick butt, too. He was a crack-shot, a skilled tactician and leader, and I'm fairly certain he managed to score more 'bad guy kills' than any other companion. And the way he could be so ridiculously stern and sarcastic at the same time was great.

4. Nyssa
- I wish she could have lasted longer. Nyssa was definitely my favorite of the Fifth Doctor's companions. She was highly intelligent, strong, and capable. How many bioengineering whizzes do you know? She could handle herself and cope with all the insane situations The Doctor landed her in. She was a great person, too. So calm and logical all the time. She could negotiate a situation just as well as The Doctor. I liked that about her, it was a stark contrast to the other companions of the time. Nyssa was a very noble person too, but was willing to do what was necessary when it came to it, more so even than the Doctor. If someone had to be killed, she was willing to do it, even though she didn't want to. Plus, she was royalty, how cool is that? I loved the Trakens as a people and her intro-story was great. The Master having her father's body was just a great dynamic. I wish they had explored that more. She had one of the coolest outfits, too.

5. Tegan Jovanka
- The "mouth on legs" was probably the Doctor's toughest companion (and the most argumentative). She complained a lot and always claimed to not want to be there (though we all know different), but was also strong-minded, brave, and and honest. Stubborn and loud are good descriptions, too, but I always found this more engaging than annoying. She was a different sort of companion than the Doctor had ever had or would have (Donna came close, maybe). She didn't just sit around and nod at everything the Doctor said. She spoke her mind, did what she felt was right, and didn't just follow along.
[b]Quote:[/b] "Brave heart, Tegan." (Fifth Doctor)

6. K-9
- Why does this little guy never get the recognition he deserves? I know some people really hate him and others don't even notice him, but I loved K-9. This guy has to be the best dog, ever. He was obviously the Doctor's most intelligent companion and, I think, the most helpful. I mean, he had lasers, fire blasters, guns, a huge memory bank, and a dozen other little gadgets that never failed to amaze me. He was also the Doctor's most adorable companion. Heh. I flipped out when they brought him back in the new series and 'SJA.' One of the only reasons I keep watching. And he could beat The Doctor in chess. How great is that?

7. Adric
- Yep, that's right. Adric, the boy wonder. Nobody ever puts him on a list, I know. Most people hate him, including his own actor, but I found him endearing. He was one of the Doctor's most intelligent companions, second only to Romana (again, ignoring K-9). He could also pick locks with a metal star! Too cool. He could be annoying at times, mostly due to the inexperience of his actor, but he was extremely helpful, dedicated, and brave. He's one of (possibly [i]the[/i]) only companions to give his life saving others, the entire Earth for that matter. When he died was one of the saddest scenes in Doctor Who. I think he could have been an even better companion if he'd had more opportunity, but alas, he had to be squashed in with two other companions for most of his air-time. That was the problem for Nyssa, Tegan, and Turlough, too. On their own, they all could have been a lot better.

8. Kamelion
- I know for a fact no one puts this guy on their list. Most don't even think of him. After all, he was only in two episodes (his introduction and destruction), but I loved every second of him. He had great potential as a character and I really wish they had of explored it further. I loved the dynamic of this being who was so easily influenced by others, but still had a mind of his own. I would have loved to seen more of this 'identity crisis' and him trying to figure out who he was. That would have been really interesting. Alas, his mechanical prop was too hard to work and they killed him off. Well, at least he got to be played by the great Anthony Ainley when he went. His ability to infinitely change his appearance would have been extremely helpful, too. Plus, he had a superb voice-actor for the part (and normal actor, as he was King John when Kamelion appeared as him in 'King's Demons.')

9. Sarah Jane Smith
- Everyone else puts her very high on the list, so I know this may come as a surprise. It's not that I don't like her. I do, a lot. It's just that the other eight companions hold more pull for me. Sarah Jane came off to me as the 'typical Doctor companion.' For many, this is why they love her so much, but I always like the more unique and different companions, as my list probably shows. I still loved Sarah Jane. She was smart and capable and a very strong character, especially compared to other female characters of the time. She lost some of this as time went on, but she got it all back in the new "Sarah Jane Adventures." Sarah was confident, inquisitive, and willing to speak her mind, much like Tegan (Though usually with less hostility). I also think she's worked with the most Doctors, after The Brigadier, but I'd have to check on that.

10. Susan Foreman
- To be honest, Susan probably makes my list by right of being The Doctor's granddaughter. I always thought that was a great dynamic. She worked well with The First Doctor, though that's to be expected, of course. She was kind, loyal, and extremely intelligent, probably third on the list of smartest companions, though she might actually beat Adric in this field. Tough call. It was sad to have The Doctor leave her, for the best or not, and I've always been disappointed in the show's complete avoidance of her. I think The Doctor would mention or visit his own granddaughter at least every now and then. Besides, there are not many people who can hold their own against The Master (Delgado) and not only survive, but defeat him. (This was in the book 'Legacy of the Daleks.')

Honorable Mention:
- Vislor Turlough (He really only doesn't make the list because I couldn't decide where to put him.)
- Martha Jones (The only companion from the new series that I had any love for.)

Nic Coay [userpic]

Writer's Block: Friend in need, friend indeed

January 14th, 2010 (11:09 am)

current location: Lit Class
current mood: bored
current song: Keasbey Nights - Catch22

Are there any must-have traits, such as intelligence, humor, and integrity, that you look for in potential friends? Have you ever made exceptions? How did it work out?

Humor, definitely. I'm a very sarcastic person, prone to jokes and pranks. If someone doesn't get that kind of humor or takes offense at it, than we wouldn't really get along very well. Most of what I saw is sarcastic, so we'd have a real language barrier, there. They also need to be open-minded. We could have completely different views on everything, most of my friends do, but I need friends who are willing to accept my believes, while I accept theirs.

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